3-Tips on Deciding What to Write
DECIDING what to write can be a daunting task. The primary reason for writing this post is because I had so much trouble deciding for myself what I wanted to write in this blog. While I’ve settled on the theme of Humor and Sciencey things, I thought I’d still post this since it helped me with the process.
That being said, here’s
Tip 1: What Interests You
People don’t always write about what interests them, but its decidedly easier to write about something that you find intriguing. For instance, I could write for ages about food or new tech, but would become a sloth if I had to type a minute by minute report on grass growth.
But what if I don’t know what I’m interested in?
Before you laugh- this is a legitimate issue. As soon as you begin to write, suddenly your mind is blank, and the normally overflowing writing-machine that is your beautiful brain noggin is stopped up worse than a toilet trying to process diarrhea.
Before you actually sit down to write, spend a few minutes just musing with your thoughts. It’s natural for ideas to flow through your brain, and without the pressure of needing to write [self-imposed or otherwise], those thoughts can come more freely.
If you’ve tried that and still feel clogged, then do sit down in front of your word processor or notebook, and begin to write literally anything and everything. Just start typing out the monologue in your mind, and let it flow from there. After five to ten minutes, you should have enough “garbage” to sort through that you can pick one idea and polish it into a real article.
Tip 2: What You Know
So now you should at least have a paragraph or so of coherent or not so coherent words on the page, and are in the process selecting one to expound upon.
Before you do, you might want to make sure you have at least a passing knowledge of what you want to write about. If you don’t have that knowledge, then it’s time to put your old research paper hat on and get to learning. Just because you are super interested in how political campaigns are run, doesn’t always mean you can write about who to run them.
That is to say, you don’t need to specialize in everything that you write an essay about, especially if you primarily write opinion-pieces. But those opinions will seem far more credible if they’re backed with research and facts where necessary.
Tip 3: What’s Trending + Combination of Tips 1 & 2
If I know what I want to write already, but want to see if anyone will be interested in reading it, sometimes I’ll check Google Trends to see if the topic is on an upward trend. For instance, here’s the trending graph for the subject of this article:
When the line increases as it moves to the right, that means it’s trending. If you’ve narrowed down potential ideas from the first two tips, but aren’t sure which to pick, you could do a coin toss, or just plug them into Google Trends and go with whichever shows a higher trend.
Whether you want to use Google Trends or not is entirely up to you. Once you’ve completed used tips 1 and 2, you could just begin to write. With writing, the most important thing is that you do just that- write.
We’ve all experienced writers block from time to time, even when just trying to push out a 500-word post on which carpets are softest.
With these tips, hopefully you’ll find it easier to post without getting stuck deciding what to post about.